Jones hopes the Knights can get back on course

Knights  Philip Eaglestone
Knights Philip Eaglestone

Cricket lovers in the NCU starved of action after Saturday’s total washout will be hoping the weekend’s rain doesn’t do untold damage to Monday’s fixture list.

The Northern Knights are due to face the North West Warriors in a 50-over interprovincial game at Stormont (10.45am) while there is a full programme in Section One.

Not a ball was bowled anywhere in the NCU on Saturday. The forecast is much improved for today but some grounds may struggle after yesterday’s downpours.

The Knights will be looking to bounce back from their extraordinary batting collapse in Friday night’s Twenty20 defeat by Leinster Lightning.

Inspired by a quickfire 61 from Jones, the home side were 72 without loss chasing the Lightning’s modest 144. But once the CIYMS all-rounder was dismissed the Dubliners took a stranglehold on the game and some late hitting down the order from Waringstown’s Gary Kidd was all to no avail.

Jones is hopeful the Knights can set aside what happened. He said: “We lost eight wickets for about 50 runs. And after being, I think it was 70 without loss possibly after 10. We’d done all the hard work and got the foundations in.

“And then we just lost wickets, and it cost us at crucial times. And that was probably more our downfall than really the good work really. So I think we probably need to look ourselves on that one. And it feels like a real missed opportunity. It’s back to the drawing board.”

Today’s match will be played on the same pitch at Stormont, which is likely to be slow and low once again.

Jones added: “I think we’re playing on the same wicket as well. So we need to take that into consideration. It was quite low and if you bowled straight you had to hit it straight basically, you weren’t really able to manipulate sideways. So I think we need to be smart and come out and hit the Warriors hard.”

The saga over Jacob Mulder’s move from Carrickfergus to North Down is finally over.

The leg-spinner from Australia had been seeking his release from Middle Road after complaining of homesickness.

He toured Scotland with North Down during pre-season but wasn’t available for their opening-day match against Ballymena.

Carrickfergus were furious at how the situation developed but have now approved the teenager’s release.

The blow will have been softened with Johnny Ring joining after a brief spell with Civil Service North.

Section One: Academy v Donaghcloney, Cliftonville v Woodvale, Derriaghy v Bangor, Downpatrick v Templepatrick, Muckamore v Lurgan.